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Carrie Mae Weems wins $625,000 MacArthur genius award

The photographer and video artist has spent the past 30 years addressing issues of race, gender and class

Carrie Mae Weems. Photo: courtesy John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems is among the 24 winners of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Known at the “genius awards”, the fellowship includes a $625,000 “no-strings-attached” stipend received over the next five years to develop new projects.

Weems has spent the past 30 years addressing issues of race, gender, family and class in American society. Her best known series—“Ain’t Joking”, 1987, “The Kitchen Table Series”, 1990, “The Louisiana Project”, 2004, and “Roaming”, 2006—show the evolution of her “fictional documentaries”, in which the artist stages situations that serve to comment on society.

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